Halloween is almost here, but with the spooky season comes a little reminder of how much I’ve never been a fan of scary stuff.
It wasn’t until I reached thirty that I finally had the confidence to say “no” when it came to watching scary movies and attending ridiculous scare-fests put on over the spooky season.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love a seasonal event, but I just don’t like being scared and since becoming a parent I’ve become even more wary about how scary the whole Halloween thing can be for little people.
Last year was the first year that Elsie started showing an interest in Halloween. She was super excited to wear her Peppa Pig Halloween dress and dish out the sweeties to Trick or Treaters. But what I hadn’t quite planned for was the line up of quite frankly terrifying characters that would be knocking on our door. There were monsters, ghosts and ghouls of course, but it was the giant teddy bear with its guts hanging out and blood dripping from its face that royally scared the bejesus out of our two-year-old.
Needless to say, we blew out our pumpkin after that one and called it night. Not before having to watch forty minutes of Peppa Pig to try and take her mind off the gruesome teddy bear before bedtime. We’ll be making a bit more of an effort to vet the trick or treaters this year before we let Elsie open the door that’s for sure!
But I am keen to let the girls experience Halloween in the most fun way possible without giving anyone nightmares. Who needs that when your sprogs aren’t great sleepers as it is? Not moi. So here’s a rundown of some of the fun Halloween activities for the light-hearted that we will be doing this year.
Halloween Ideas For Babies & Toddlers
Decorating Your Home
We’re going to spend some time this weekend putting a few Halloween decorations up around our home and Elsie can’t wait to help. I’ve ordered a black table top tree from eBay and we’ve got some cute little baubles to hang on it. I also picked up a selection of fun decor bits from Asda this week too which were all pretty cheap and are all things that we will use again next year too.
Cute Pumpkin Carving
Instead of scary faces carved into your pumpkin, why not try something a little more fun and little human-friendly? Since Elsie arrived, the Hubster has started a little tradition which I imagine he might be regretting now. Especially as I’ve put in our request for a Frozen themed pumpkin this year!
Arts & Crafts
Now I’m no expert, but I’ve found a few simple and easy Halloween arts and crafts that I might try and give a go, (she says now, but is already dreading the mess) But if you’re up for a bit of creative chaos then check out these spooktacular links for some crafty inspiration…
Halloween Activities For Toddlers
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We absolutely love Crockford Bridge Farm for our annual pumpkin picking outing. It’s totally geared towards little people with fun outdoor activities, food and drink huts and it’s all very Insta-ready! Other places in Surrey perfect for picking those pumpkins are Garsons Farm and Tulley’s Farm. Other locations in and around Surrey can be found here.
Halloween Tea Party
I’m going to hold off on Trick or Treating as long as possible. It’s not that I don’t agree with it. It’s just that I find it all a bit cringy knocking on doors asking for sweets. This year we’re putting together a little tea party with family and we’ve stocked up on loads of Halloween themed goodies to enjoy whilst playing games and later watch a movie.
Elsie isn’t quite ready to be introduced to Hocus Pocus, so we will be snuggling down to watch Room on the Broom instead. As well as downloading Halloween specials of all her favourite shows such as Peppa Pig and Nella The Princess Knight. We might even brave it and watch Casper, Monsters Inc or E.T.
For more kid-friendly Halloween ideas and inspiration head over to my Pinterest Page. If you’ve got any fun ideas you’d love to share then let me know in the comments below…Happy Halloween Peeps!
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